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Ann Butenhof

Butenhof & Bomster, PC

Ann Butenhof

Butenhof & Bomster, PC

Ann Butenhof

Butenhof & Bomster, PC

Ann N. Butenhof, a founding partner of Butenhof & Bomster, PC, is well known in New Hampshire's legal community for her experience with Medicaid eligibility rules, other public benefits programs, special needs trusts, long-term care planning and estate planning. Prior to establishing Butenhof & Bomster in 2008, she initially established her own firm in 2003 in Manchester, New Hampshire after practicing in both the public and private sectors. From 1993 - 1996, and again from 1997 - 2001, Ann worked with New Hampshire Legal Assistance ("NHLA") - a non-profit law firm that represents low-income and elderly residents - first as the Managing Attorney of the Manchester Office, and then as the Directing Attorney of the New Hampshire Senior Citizens Law Project. Ann has been recognized by her peers as one of New Hampshire's best attorneys in the area of Elder Law every year since 2003, as reported in New Hampshire Magazine, and as one of New England's "Super Lawyers" in the area of Elder Law every year since 2007, as reported in SuperLawyers. In 2009, Ann was elected a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel ("ACTEC"), and is one of a select group of New Hampshire attorneys who has earned the Certified Elder Law Attorney ("CELA") distinction from the National Elder Law Foundation. She has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Firm Description

We provide comprehensive Elder Law and Estate Planning for residents of New Hampshire.
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Medicaid and Medicare
  • Long Term Planning
  • Guardianships
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Probate and Estate Administration
  • Hours

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    Monday 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
    Tuesday 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
    Wednesday 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
    Thursday 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
    Friday 9:00 AM 4:00 PM

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    Main Office

    149 Hanover Street, Suite 300
    Manchester, NH 03101

    On the web

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    Medicaid 101
    What Medicaid Covers

    In addition to nursing home care, Medicaid may cover home care and some care in an assisted living facility. Coverage in your state may depend on waivers of federal rules.

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    Medicaid’s Eligibility and Transfer Rules

    To be eligible for Medicaid long-term care, recipients must have limited incomes and no more than $2,000 (in most states). Special rules apply for the home and other assets.

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    Medicaid’s Protections for Spouses

    Spouses of Medicaid nursing home residents have special protections to keep them from becoming impoverished.

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    What Medicaid Covers

    In addition to nursing home care, Medicaid may cover home care and some care in an assisted living facility. Coverage in your state may depend on waivers of federal rules.

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    Medicaid’s Eligibility and Transfer Rules

    To be eligible for Medicaid long-term care, recipients must have limited incomes and no more than $2,000 (in most states). Special rules apply for the home and other assets.

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    Medicaid’s Protections for Spouses

    Spouses of Medicaid nursing home residents have special protections to keep them from becoming impoverished.

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    Medicaid Planning Strategies

    Careful planning for potentially devastating long-term care costs can help protect your estate, whether for your spouse or for your children.

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    Estate Recovery: Can Medicaid Take My House After I’m Gone?

    If steps aren't taken to protect the Medicaid recipient's house from the state’s attempts to recover benefits paid, the house may need to be sold.

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    Help Qualifying and Paying for Medicaid, Or Avoiding Nursing Home Care

    There are ways to handle excess income or assets and still qualify for Medicaid long-term care, and programs that deliver care at home rather than in a nursing home.

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    Are Adult Children Responsible for Their Parents’ Care?

    Most states have laws on the books making adult children responsible if their parents can't afford to take care of themselves.

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    Applying for Medicaid

    Applying for Medicaid is a highly technical and complex process, and bad advice can actually make it more difficult to qualify for benefits.

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    Alternatives to Medicaid

    Medicare's coverage of nursing home care is quite limited. For those who can afford it and who can qualify for coverage, long-term care insurance is the best alternative to Medicaid.

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    ElderLaw 101
    Estate Planning

    Distinguish the key concepts in estate planning, including the will, the trust, probate, the power of attorney, and how to avoid estate taxes.

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    Grandchildren

    Learn about grandparents’ visitation rights and how to avoid tax and public benefit issues when making gifts to grandchildren.

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    Guardianship/Conservatorship

    Understand when and how a court appoints a guardian or conservator for an adult who becomes incapacitated, and how to avoid guardianship.

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    Health Care Decisions

    We need to plan for the possibility that we will become unable to make our own medical decisions. This may take the form of a health care proxy, a medical directive, a living will, or a combination of these.

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    Estate Planning

    Distinguish the key concepts in estate planning, including the will, the trust, probate, the power of attorney, and how to avoid estate taxes.

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    Grandchildren

    Learn about grandparents’ visitation rights and how to avoid tax and public benefit issues when making gifts to grandchildren.

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    Guardianship/Conservatorship

    Understand when and how a court appoints a guardian or conservator for an adult who becomes incapacitated, and how to avoid guardianship.

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    Health Care Decisions

    We need to plan for the possibility that we will become unable to make our own medical decisions. This may take the form of a health care proxy, a medical directive, a living will, or a combination of these.

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    Long-Term Care Insurance

    Understand the ins and outs of insurance to cover the high cost of nursing home care, including when to buy it, how much to buy, and which spouse should get the coverage.

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    Medicare

    Learn who qualifies for Medicare, what the program covers, all about Medicare Advantage, and how to supplement Medicare’s coverage.

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    Retirement Planning

    We explain the five phases of retirement planning, the difference between a 401(k) and an IRA, types of investments, asset diversification, the required minimum distribution rules, and more.

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    Senior Living

    Find out how to choose a nursing home or assisted living facility, when to fight a discharge, the rights of nursing home residents, all about reverse mortgages, and more.

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    Social Security

    Get a solid grounding in Social Security, including who is eligible, how to apply, spousal benefits, the taxation of benefits, how work affects payments, and SSDI and SSI.

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    Special Needs Planning

    Learn how a special needs trust can preserve assets for a person with disabilities without jeopardizing Medicaid and SSI, and how to plan for when caregivers are gone.

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    Veterans Benefits

    Explore benefits for older veterans, including the VA’s disability pension benefit, aid and attendance, and long-term care coverage for veterans and surviving spouses.

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